The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (Bilingual)
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Return to the magnificence of Notre Dame in Disney's all-new movie, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME II, a fun, romantic adventure told with vibrant animation and music as soaring as its setting. Still the faithful protector of Notre Dame's beloved bells, Quasimodo now rings them with the help of Esmeralda and Phoebus's little boy, Zephyr, who is Quasi's best friend. Stopping with Zephyr at a traveling circus owned by the evil magician Sarousch, Quasi is captivated by Sarousch's lovely assistant, Madellaine. But greedy Sarousch is plotting to steal the Cathedral's most famous bell -- with Madellaine's unwilling help. Encouraged by some laughably misguided advice from his gargoyle pals, Quasi listens to his own heart -- and discovers that he, too, must look past appearances to find true love. It's "smart, funny, and packed with lessons about humanity for the whole family," raves Jim Brosseau of "Ladies' Home Journal." All of the original voice talent reprise their roles, including Demi Moore as Esmeralda, Tom Hulce as Quasimodo, and Kevin Kline as Phoebus. Jennifer Love Hewitt stars as Madellaine and Haley Joel Osment brings Zephyr to life in this magical, musical celebration of the beauty inside everyone.
Most of the original characters from Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame--plus a few new ones--return for this animated sequel. Esmeralda (Demi Moore) and Phoebus (Kevin Kline) now have a son named Zephyr (Haley Joel Osment), with whom Quasi (Tom Hulce) has become friends. When the circus comes to town, the hunchback becomes enchanted by a magician's assistant, Madellaine (Jennifer Love Hewitt), but the her boss, the vain Sarousch (Michael McKean), is also a thief with an eye for the cathedral's jeweled bell. He forces Madellaine to woo Quasi while he carries out the theft. Will he get away with it? Will Madellaine learn to see the inner Quasi? And will he be able to trust again when he learns of her deception? Songs and humorous high jinks from the gargoyles, including Jason Alexander's Hugo, illustrate the lesson that--as in the first feature--you can't judge a book by its cover. This sequel is squarely aimed at a younger audience than the original was; children from 5 to 10 should be very entertained. --Kathleen C. Fennessy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This is supposed to be a movie, so why does the animation resemble those found in TV shows? Sure, it's brighter, but the graphics found in theater films are far superior to this sequal's (clone's) effortless animation. The scenery found in the original "Hunchback" was more beautiful and lush. The characters lack fresh life, that little boy, Zephyr, is just too kiddie, and the actors and actresses are plain unrealistic. The score was okay and songs weren't as heart-warming as the original. For you to be moved, listen to the original's songs combined with choirs and beautiful voices.
The original is way superior to this clone. This was probably made to please over protective parents who were horrified by who dark the original was, not to continue the adventures of Quazimodo. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" was inspiring, heartwarming, and will drive you to both tears and joy. You will be touched by its power and glory, and your soul will fly like an eagel. But as for this clone, it did a mediocre job. The main problem with this film is that is released on DVD and video, not in theaters, which tells us that Disney today cares for money, not our entertainment. At least, this could've been a TV miniseries. Overall, this is Notre Damned.
Well, if you really loved the first movie, you want to see your favorite characters in a new adventure with the same feel as the first movie, right?
You're not going to get what you want when you watch The Hunchback of Notre Dame II. The old characters are there....sort of, but they look like they went through plastic surgery and act so...not like themselves. And they follow up the wonderfully dark, complex story in the first movie with an overly-sweet simple romance.
Now, the original Hunchback of Notre Dame happens to be my favorite movie of all time! (see my review of it) When I watch a sequel, I want to visit the same world again, not a sweetened-up, underdrawn version. This movie was NOT aimed at fans of the original, but rather at the parents and critics who complained that the first movie was too dark for the wittle kiddies.
Okay, I'll tell you what's so bad about this sequel, and how big a disgrace it is to its preceedor.
1. Animation. It STANK!!! Of course no DTV project could live up to the dazzling work of the original, but this animation truely STANK. Characters moved so choppily at some scenes that I wondered if there were frames missing. When people talked (particually Phoebus), their jaws appeared to be broken. And come on, can't they at least decide what color to make Esmeralda's skin???
2. Story. A circus comes to Paris and the ringmaster Sarousch wants to steal the La Fiedle bell from Notre Dame. The bell is used in a festival that appears to involve nothing execpt every couple in Paris shouting out their true love's names (oh pleeeeaase!). Sarousch sends his assistant Madellaine to trick Quasimodo into showing her where the bell is, but she ends up becoming fond of Quasimodo (ala Hercules and Megara).Read more ›
Sometimes this is not always true, but this proves that sequels like this one are better.
In the beginning, there is going to be a festival in honor of love, probably Valentines Day. And every one is especially excited because the golden bell of Notre Dame, known as La Fidele, with all it's sparkling jewels, will be rung at the festival. When everything seemed just about perfect, the circus comes to town! Cirque de' Sarousch. Everything seemed absolutely wonderful, that is until everybody comes to see the circus. Sarousch is really a thief, and the rest of the circus is too. During the performance of the circus, Quasi falls in love with Sarousch's assistant, Madellaine. The reason the circus came to town is because Sarousch wants to steal La Fidele. So he wants Madellaine to use Quasi so he can steal it. But all that changes when Madellaine actually falls in love with him. When Sarousch says that it's finally time to lure Quasi away so he can steal the bell that evening, Madellaine refuses. But when he said he would kill Quasi if she didn't do it, she feared for his life and, with a heavy heart, accepted. Now, when Quasimodo's best friend Zephyr saw Sarousch steal La Fidele, he decided to go after him. When Quasi, Esmeralda and Phoebus find out that Zephyr is going after them, (Esmeralda & Phoebus are Zephyr's parents), Phoebus gathers his army and with Madellaine's help, they stop Sarousch - well, nearly. He threatened that if Phoebus did not let him escape with the bell, Zephyr's life would be hanging by a thread. So as Sarousch is escaping, Madellaine (with Quasi's help), does a tight rope act and saves Zephyr, while Phoebus and his army capture Sarousch.Read more ›
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Victor Hugo's misshapen unfortunate is back, and this time he's got even MORE to sing about! The good folks at Disney have wisely disregarded the tragic fate that befell the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by LP Quagmire
Ordered this just to realize that I had bought a two disk one on blu-ray, which I thought meant boy-ray and dvd not both movies. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kanne
As I had expected, this movie was not great. Jennifer Love Hewitt starring should have been the indicator. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2013 by Teena Smith
Whoever said Quasimodo was ugly deserves to have a burning spear thrust through their skull and their arms and legs nailed to bricks. Read morePublished on May 24 2004
This movie is as bad (or worse) than everyone has said. the animation is shoddy, and the storyline is boring. If you are looking for a good cartoon... look elsewhere. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by Jessie A Durer
Stupid story, stupid animation, stupid charecters!
YOU WASTED OUR MONEY!
DON't BY THIS TERRIBLE FILM!!!!
I thought this was a very good story, but the story wasn't as good as the first. There was no action or adventure, only romance.(A lot of kids will flinch at the mushy parts). Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003 by ninalion
THE FIRST ONE WAS BAD BUT HAD GOOD ANIMATION.THIS ONE HAS BAD MUSIC,ANIMATION,STORYLINE ETC...QUASIMODO IS UGLIER THAN EVER, AND ZEPHYR(WHAT'S UP WITH HIS NAME) LOOKS NOTHING LIKE... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2003
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